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'''François-Marie Arouet''' (; 21 November 1694 – 30 May 1778), known by his ''Pen name|nom de plume'' '''Voltaire''' (;[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/voltaire "Voltaire"]. ''Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary''. ), was a French Age of Enlightenment|Enlightenment writer, historian, and philosophy|philosopher famous for his wit, his attacks on the established Catholic Church, and his advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state. Voltaire was a versatile writer, producing works in almost every literary form, including plays, poems, novels, essays, and historical and scientific works. He wrote more than 20,000 letters and more than 2,000 books and pamphlets. He was an outspoken advocate of several liberties, despite the risk this placed him in under the strict censorship laws of the time. As a Satire|satirical polemicist, he frequently made...
Birth nameFrançois-Marie Arouet
Birth date21 November 1694
Birth placeParis, Kingdom of France
Death date{{death date and age|1778|5|30|1694|11|21|df=yes}}
Death placeParis, Kingdom of France
Resting placePanthéon
PseudonymVoltaire
OccupationWriter, philosopher, playwright, historian
NationalityFrench
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